The Psychology of Fashion

Part of The Psychology of Everything Series, Routledge UK

Also available as ebook and audioboook


“Fashion is about something that comes from within you”


“Fashion is Psychology”


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The why and how of psychology of fashion

Find out why psychology matters in fashion and how psychologists derive and use evidence to understand and predict human behaviour.

Wellbeing in Fashion

Mental health of designers and models

Clothing serves many purposes and can influence our mental health and psychological wellbeing. Read about the mental health of designers and models.

Body image and 'beauty'

Why we struggle with how we look

Find out how increased exposure to fashion imagery and social media can lead to appearance concerns, risky behaviours and eating disorders.

Fashion, self and identity

Fashion allows us to be who we (think we) want to be

We cannot separate clothing from the self and identity because what we wear is an outward display of our self and our identity. As our second skin, fashion is psychology.

Fashion consumption

Buying, wearing and disposing of fashion

Understand the psychology behind buying, using and disposing of fashion and why wanting what we have is preferable to having what we want. Can the fashion industry become more sustainable?

Fashion and behaviour

Why we wear what we wear

We are motivated to belong to social groups and use clothing as social identification. We can also use our clothing to empower us and even to enhance our thinking.

The Psychology of Fashion

This new book offers an insightful introduction to the exciting and dynamic world of fashion in relation to human behaviour, from how clothing can affect our cognitive processes to the way retail environments try to manipulate consumer behaviour. The book explores many issues within the fashion industries including how fashion design can impact healthy body image, how psychology can inform a more sustainable perspective on the production and disposal of clothing, and why we develop certain shopping behaviours.

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The beginning

Becoming Professor of Psychology for Fashion brought my experience, skills and passions together. It allowed me to pioneer a new discipline and establish the world’s first Masters programmes to apply the scientific study of human behaviour within the context of fashion. This book, The Psychology of Fashion, has been a labour of love. Enjoy!

The purpose

The Psychology of Fashion and bring to the fore matters that exist within the fashion industry that are psychological in nature. Both aim to empower consumers while supporting the industry. Psychologists take an evidence based approach to understanding human behaviour. They are able to design interventions to change behaviour and analyse, interpret and evaluate outcomes reliably and validly.

What’s next?

The industry faces many challenges that impact individuals, communities and societies across the globe. Awareness raising alone has served its purpose. It’s time to act. There has never been a more important time to apply psychology within the fashion industry.

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What are readers saying?

Reviews on Amazon UK

3 July 2018

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3 July 2018

This brilliant book is an absolute must; it is easy to read and well written.
A page-turner and eye opener, essential reading, whether you are a student or a consumer.
It discusses amongst many other topics, fashion’s role with regards to our mental health. It looks at the wellbeing of the designers through to the suppliers; and it suggests that how we feel about our ‘own’ identity, can influence the wider net of fashion consumption and fashion’s consumption.
Each chapter has a clear, concise summary which makes this book an excellent tool for using as a reference to go back to again and again.
Ending with a conclusion, a knowledge, which leaves the reader feeling empowered, that even as individuals, it is possible to make a difference.

14 April 2018

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The review above was posted on Instagram @DrMairFashionPsychologist, by Dr Emra Suleyman @psychologyandstyle. Thank you Emra!

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Reviews from Amazon USA

January 23, 2019

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“The Psychology of Fashion” is a comprehensive overview of psychology applied to dress. It is the work of a professional who truly knows whereof she speaks.
But, this book is absolutely readable. It is useful and thought-provoking not only to anyone in the social sciences, but to anyone who wears clothing!
This book is an insightful overview into the application of psychology to fashion. Dr. Mair’s stellar history of work as the globally-recognized creator of the sub-discipline of psychology applied to fashion provides the base for this book. It stands above and apart from superficial “pop” approaches to “fashion psychology” that rely on opinion instead of research. “The Psychology of Fashion” is grounded in research and the principles of psychology as a science, not armchair philosophy. Cognitive and behavioral principles and findings are applied to fashion, and all its sequelae. The applied scope in the book is estimable: from considering the psychological variables and impact on work in manufacturing, to consumerism, to fashion’s global impacts, the future effects of technology, and of course, the psychological effects of what we wear on our sense of self and on how others perceive us… This book shows us how fashion has impact on, and interacts with, behavior. This is a valuable, readable work from the pioneer of the psychology of fashion.

11 December 2018

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